*This month I have the honor of having my husband Mark Matthews guest blog for me. I believe that you will find the word that he has written relevant, insightful and transforming as he addresses a topic that has recently been widely discussed and debated.
The little boy looked into his mother’s eyes and asked the obvious question of the current times. Mom, what is racism? The mother of the bright-eyed 5-year-old paused to make sure that her response would answer her son’s inquiring mind. Well, son, it is hatred and the belief that some people are better because of where they were born or the color of their skin. “Mom, did God make all people”? Yes, son! What color is God, mom? The million-dollar question that every person who has ever heard about God has wondered.
There is something about God that might surprise you. He loves to reveal Himself to mankind. With God there is no containment when it comes to the Love that he has shed abroad for His creation through His Son Jesus Christ. Did you know that God is as infinitely small as He is Large? There is no place that you can go without running into God. If you run one direction and never turned back when you stop, God will be there.
To know God, you have to acknowledge that He is. God is a Spirit, and He has an Image. John 4:24 (KJV) says, “God is Spirit, and all those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.” God made mankind a three-part person. We have a body, we have a soul, and we have a human spirit. Our body is an earth suit. Our soul is made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions. When we surrender our hearts to God, Our human spirit is born again by the Spirit of God. From this point forward, we are recognized by God as His son or daughter and a citizen of Heaven. We are a Spirit-filled being temporarily living on earth.
Gen 1: 26-27 (ESV), “Then God said, let us make man in our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and the cattle and all of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His image, in the image of God, He created him; male and female. He created them.”
It is hard for us to reconcile in our minds that God has never made a mistake. The world looks at you through the eyes of inspection. God looks at you through The Eyes of Reflection. He does not see imperfection He sees a one of a kind creation made in His Image. He says I did not have one of you, so I made one of you.
Like this five year old you might be wondering what color is God? God is flawless. He is the color of perfection. When you look into a flaw-less diamond or precious jewel, you experience multiple dimensions at one time. The color, light, and facets that make up the prisms of the diamond all interact in concert to perform a radiant expression of beauty. No matter how many times you look at that diamond, you will discover something new every time, yet it is still the same diamond. The diamond never changed, the prisms never changed, but one thing changes every time, and that is the light. Remove the light, and the diamond looks lifeless and dull, cover it in mud, and you can’t even tell if it is glass or the real deal.
1 John 1:5 (ESV) states, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
The conflict that we are witnessing in the world today is about control, it is not about restoration from racism. The enemy has made a power play of manipulation that has taken vindication hostage, right when justice was preparing to shine”.
Real love understands that tension must have restraint. Apart from God, you can’t do anything of lasting value. He knows the difference between the real and the counterfeit because He does not make cheap glass.
If you could look into God’s Eyes, you would discover that whichever direction He moves or looks, you see your color and reflection in His Presence. The moment you recognize God, you feel right at home, because He is your Heavenly Father. Instantly Everything about Him reflects Himself in you, that is why whatever color you are on earth looks like God!
How could God make so many people with so many different colors and they all look like Him?
The comforting answer,
“God’s foundation color is love, not ethnicity.”
Revelation 4: 3,5 (TPT) “His appearance was sparkling like crystal and glowing like a carnelian gemstone. Surrounding the throne was a circle of green light like an emerald rainbow! V – 5a, And pulsing from the throne were blinding flashes of lighting, crashes of thunder, and voices.”
The color of your skin is God’s expression, His Robe of Love that frames the destiny that He has given you. Like a fine Diamond the flawless facets of His presence reflects a Son like brilliance through your life, as you choose to walk in the “ministry of reconciliation”.
Friends, God is forever near, and “He is our present help in times of trouble.” Ref. (Ps 46:1.) We all have a choice to make. Which side of history will you be counted on? Will you be remembered as the group who makes history and ushers in the love of God, or will you be numbered in the group who tried to erase history?
Jesus is the Only Way that true peace and reconciliation will ever be found. Col 1:17 (ESV); “And He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together!”
Search your heart, don’t be hesitant to ask God if there is any animosity or prejudice residing within your heart, that will get in the way of His Love for you and others.
Act 17:26 (MEV) “He has made from one blood every nation of men to live on the entire face of the earth, having appointed fixed times and the boundaries of their habitation”.
I want to thank my beautiful wife, Clare, a student of the Word of God for inviting me to be the first guest blogger on Boldly for Him. Thank you, my love! “Be Strong and Live Free…. Boldly For Him!”
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